It was a surprise in 2007 when Steve Saleen left the company he founded in 1984 and that bore his name. Management differences with the then controlling partners caused the split, with Saleen the man leaving to found SMS Supercars and Saleen the company continuing the existing line of Saleen Mustangs.
Lawsuits inevitably followed, and today Steve Saleen announced all suits are settled, with himself regaining control of the Saleen brand.
If nothing else this certainly means less confusion because once again a Saleen is a Saleen. But so is an SMS supercar according to Mr. Saleen. Including the cars he built under the SMS banner as "Saleens," Mr. Saleen says any SMS owner who wishes to rebrand such a car as a Saleen may now do so, with Saleen supplying the badges.
The SMS cars are also being added to the Saleen registry; otherwise expect SMS Supercars to fold quietly into the Saleen brand.
Saleen says he'll offer the 4V, SC, SSC and X Saleen models of the 2013 Mustang, 2012 Challenger and 2012 Camaro.
Parts sales are also a big part of Saleen's plans. He is planning to sell every Saleen aftermarket, replacement and warranty part since 1984. Parts are available via Saleen dealers; or 800 888-8945, which is the old SMS Supercars number.